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18    Education— Higher education enabling programs—Public subsidies

Senator Rhiannon, also on behalf of Senator O’Neill, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 521—That the Senate—

               (a)       notes that:

                                     (i)       the Government has proposed cutting public subsidies to the higher education enabling programs and introducing fees for these students for the first time,

                                    (ii)       from 2011 to 2015, the University of Newcastle had the highest number of students in enabling programs, and

                                  (iii)       enabling programs are essential for the University of Newcastle and many other universities to meet the needs of their diverse communities; and

               (b)       calls on the Government to abandon plans to cut public subsidies and introduce fees for students in the enabling programs.

Statement by leave : The Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister (Senator McGrath), by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

Question put and passed.